Chronic Pain Program

What is the Chronic Pain Management Program?

The Chronic Pain Management Program is one of the services available for individuals living with chronic pain.  Designed to take place over  6  weeks, the course helps individuals living with chronic pain learn  skills that can help them better manage their chronic pain symptoms as well as  their daily lives.

Who can attend?

Individuals over the age of 18 experiencing any of the following symptoms typically attend this course:

  • Chronic musculoskeletal pain (such as chronic neck, shoulder, back pain, etc.)
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Chronic regional pain syndromes
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Post-surgical pain that lasts beyond six months
  • Neuropathic pain (often caused by trauma)
  • Neuralgias (such as post herpetic pain, and trigeminal neuralgia)
  • Post-stroke or central pain
  • Persistent headache
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Diabetes and who have neuropathy
  • Severe muscular pain due to conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis
  • And/or someone who is the friend, family, and/or caregiver of someone experiencing any of these conditions

What happens in the program?

The same 10 to 16 participants meet on a weekly basis for 2.5 hours  at the same day, time, and location. In an interactive environment that is facilitated by two trained individuals, participants  discuss topics such as:

  • Setting goals
  • Making decisions to support life with chronic pain
  • Planning and problem solving to manage chronic pain symptoms
  • Planning to pace and rest for better management of chronic pain
  • Communication skills to facilitate better understanding of chronic pain by others
  • Principles of healthy eating
  • Learning a strength and flexibility program
  • Managing stress
  • Managing medications
  • Techniques for relaxation and better breathing

Participants take on an active role in the course. An example of a weekly activity is the use of a goal setting tool that participants learn about, called Action Plan. Participants make Action Plans each week and discuss them during the workshops.

 

Who leads the program?

The workshop is led by two individuals who also live with chronic pain. Our peer facilitators have successfully completed a four day training offered by our organization and are active members of a community of practice.

In what languages is this program offered?

In addition to English, we offer the chronic pain program in Mandarin. We are also interested in exploring opportunities in Cantonese and French.

Who developed the program?

The Chronic Pain Management Program was co-designed by researchers at Stanford University as well as two Canadian health care professionals through applied research and is license by the Self-Management Resource Centre. It follows a standardized format that has been proven to help people learn to better manage chronic pain. It is considered to be a best practice program in chronic pain self-management.

Chronic Pain Programs

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - Tuesday, October 23, 2018
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Every Tuesday for 6 weeks

Registration available untill Thursday, September 13, 2018

Spaces Available
0
Friday, November 2, 2018 - Friday, December 7, 2018
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Every Friday for 6 weeks

Registration available untill Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Spaces Available
3
Monday, October 15, 2018 - Monday, November 26, 2018
3:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Every Monday for 6 weeks

Registration available untill Monday, October 29, 2018

Spaces Available
4
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - Tuesday, November 20, 2018
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Every Tuesday for 6 weeks

Registration available untill Monday, October 22, 2018

Spaces Available
4
Monday, November 5, 2018 - Monday, December 10, 2018
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Every Monday for 6 weeks

Registration available untill Monday, November 5, 2018

Spaces Available
5
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - Tuesday, February 19, 2019
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Every Tuesday for 6 weeks

Registration available untill Sunday, January 20, 2019

Spaces Available
6
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - Tuesday, February 26, 2019
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Every Tuesday for 6 weeks

Registration available untill Sunday, January 27, 2019

Spaces Available
6
Monday, February 4, 2019 - Monday, March 11, 2019
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Every Monday for 6 weeks

Registration available untill Thursday, February 7, 2019

Spaces Available
6